In 1884, a young Norwegian woman named Ellen Haugan discovered an advert in the newspaper for an old hotel,
dating back as far as 1794, in the town of Mosjøen. Haugan decided to rent the hotel unseen and left for Mosjøen with her three daughters. When she arrived, there was plenty of work to be done. The building had a dirt floor and an open fireplace, but Haugan was not planning to let that stop her. The following year, Haugan opened a hotel bearing her own name. Fru Haugans Hotel (Mrs. Haugan’s Hotel) quickly gained a reputation for its tasty food and warm atmosphere.